24 Jun 19
Tony Cascarino has compared Lionesses record-breaker Jill Scott to former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini following the England star’s performances at the Women’s World Cup.
Scott, the combative Manchester City midfielder, made her 18th World Cup appearance during the 3-0 victory over Cameroon on Sunday, surpassing Peter Shilton as England’s most-capped player at the tournament.
Jill Scott was at her brilliant best once against during the Cameroon victory
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The 32-year-old, featuring at her fourth World Cup, continues to play an invaluable and often thankless role for her country, doing the ugly work so her team-mates can shine.
And her style of play reminds Cascarino of a former Premier League star.
He wrote in his column for The Times: “Jill Scott reminds me a little bit of the former Manchester United player Marouane Fellaini in that she plays in midfield but displays all the skills of a centre forward adept at linking the play.
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“She is brilliant at that role; she will use her body to shield possession, she will just get her toe to the ball ahead of an opponent and will produce headed flick-ons for an onrushing team-mate.
“The 32-year-old Manchester City midfielder is strong in the tackle and a vital link between defence and attack.
“It is no wonder that she has made a record 18 appearances for England at World Cups.”
Fellaini left Man United to join Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng in January
The eventful victory over Cameroon, which was overshadowed by VAR controversy, set up a quarter-final clash with Norway on Thursday as Scott bids to help the Lionesses win their first ever major trophy.
Her former team-mate, Faye White, tells talkSPORT the midfielder continues to be England’s unsung heroine.
“Jill Scott isn’t always the one that catches everyone’s attention, but having played with her, she does so much work,” White said.
“She does some of the ugly stuff to allow someone else to win the ball, she makes the run to allow someone else to be free.
“It’s that unselfish impact and her leadership.”